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A decommissioned train will be removed from a regional playground after a child became stuck in its undercarriage.
Port Lincoln Council “reluctantly” made the decision to remove the engine, which has been at the playground for more than three decades, from Train Playground because of safety risks.
Another train, made out of steel tube, will also be removed from the New W Rd site because it is considered unsafe.
Port Lincoln Mayor Brad Flaherty said while he was sad to see the train depart the site, safety for children at the playground remained paramount.
“Playgrounds are a place where families come to play and spend time together and we need to ensure they are accessible, safe and enjoyable for everyone to use,” Mr Flaherty said.
“It was a tough decision to remove the train, as it has been part of the playground since 1983, but it is the right decision for the safety of our children.”
The train, that was in Port Lincoln's Train Playground, in Port Augusta prior to its journey to Port Lincoln. Picture: Port Lincoln CouncilFindings of a review into the playground, which the council released in a report in May, revealed the steam train had areas of noncompliance.
“The risk of entrapment in the undercarriage was not previously identified, highlighting the
ongoing risk of attempting to maintain it as a piece of play equipment,” the report said.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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